Of course if you’re following your baseball news like a good scholar, you heard that Troy Tulowitzki will meet with the team with his agent present tomorrow to explore possibilities of his exit plan from Colorado. He has six years remaining and over $100 million dollars on his current contract from an extension signed in 2010. Unless the Rockies can talk the shortstop down from the ledge, it sounds like it could end badly.
I thought it may be more smoke than anything until I heard Peter Gammons on MLB Network after work tonight. I’m paraphrasing a bit here:
I talked to Troy Tulowitzki in the offseason and he mentioned in the thin Colorado air how hard it is to recover; how hard it is to keep your body healthy and get your career back on track. I would like to see him go to St. Louis and I think he would like to come to a situation where he goes elsewhere.
Hey now, Petey has never really blown smoke. When he reports something like that, the conversation was had and it’s pretty much the gospel. He also mentioned things like Mike Hampton needing an oxygen chamber for recovery in between starts.
This is the first I’ve heard of players complaining of of not being able to recover while playing in Denver, but as you think about it; it may hold some levity.
Coors Field is just a major pain in the ass in general. Sure, it’s fun with all the offense and such; I like high-scoring games as much as the next guy. But the bottom line is this franchise will have trouble ever building much of anything long-term. You’ll never get a pitcher to come there via free agency, you’ll never be able to construct any type of pitching staff, and now guys are saying they can’t recover from injuries due to the altitude.
I am glad I wasn’t born into being a Rockies fan. Oh, and by the way they’re in the midst of a ten game losing streak.